On behalf of the Wilkinson Public Library and the Youth Services Staff, I would like to thank our community for making Dia de los Ninos a success. The Day of the Children is an internationally celebrated movement that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds. One goal is to link children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures. Other goals are to introduce families to community resources that provide opportunities for learning through multiple literacies, to celebrate children and connect them to the world of learning, while recognizing and respecting culture, heritage and language.
Numerous local organizations and community members portrayed their resources and provided activities. These included: Bright Futures/Reading Buddies who made Pin Wheels with the children; the Pinhead Institute who provided hands on experimentation using air pressure and underwater chemistry; the Telluride Historical Museum who helped the children assemble yarn dolls, make butter and an old fashion optical illusion; One to One who crafted cards of appreciation with the children; Ah Haa School for the Arts who provided the most artistic face painting imaginable; and Caroline Robinson who taught children how to create God’s eyes. Local mother Vivi Tutt and her daughter Selma set up a table honoring the French culture with artifacts from France, French bread and cheese. Tracy Lindauer and Jill Wilson crafted a world map where people recorded their birth place, their favorite travel spot, and where they would most like to visit. Suz Remec played the guitar accompanied by the voices of Suzan Beraza and Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer. Thank you to Elissa Dickson and Tony Saab for capturing the event on film. Special thanks to Alice Martin, Deb D’Angelo, Tracy Lindauer, and Jill Wilson for working tirelessly doing whatever was needed. Thank you to everyone who participated in the pot luck and La Cocina de Luz who generously donated quesadillas and salsa.
The Youth Services staff and all of the participants worked incredibly hard to transform our library into an international stage where all children reign supreme. Our gratitude in serving a community which venerates children and diversity is beyond measure.
– Paula Ciberay, Youth Services Program and Outreach Manager, Wilkinson Public Library